GHC National Championship
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Current championship design
Details
PromotionPro Wrestling Noah
Date establishedOctober 3, 2019
Current champion(s)Masakatsu Funaki
Date wonJanuary 22, 2022
Former champion Masaaki Mochizuki
Former champion Masaaki Mochizuki

The Global Honored Crown (GHC) National Championship (Japanese: GHCナショナル王座, Hepburn: GHC Nashonaru Ōza) is a professional wrestling championship in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah. It was created on October 3, 2019 and inaugurated on November 2 when Takashi Sugiura defeated Michael Elgin.[1] The title is scheduled to be defended exclusively in Japan. Instead of being another "heavyweight" championship, Noah categorizes the title as an openweight title, with both heavyweight and junior heavyweight wrestlers being eligible to challenge for it. As of April 19, 2022, there have been a total of 8 reigns shared between 6 different champions. The current champion is Masakatsu Funaki who is in his first reign.

History

In January 2019, LIDET Entertainment took over the ownership of Noah and on October 3, Riki Choshu announced on behalf of LIDET Entertainment, the creation of the GHC National Championship, with the inaugural champion being crowned on November 2, 2019, at Noah the Best 2019, in a match between Michael Elgin and Takashi Sugiura.[2] It was later announced that the title would be an openweight title, with both heavyweight and junior heavyweight wrestlers being eligible to challenge for it. The title was scheduled to be defended exclusively in Japan and was part of a plan by LIDET Entertainment to attract a new audience. On November 2, 2019, Sugiura went on to defeat Elgin to become the inaugural GHC National Champion, before losing the title to Katsuhiko Nakajima on May 9, 2020.

Reigns

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Takashi Sugiura November 2, 2019 Noah The Best 2019 Tokyo, Japan 1 189 4 Defeated Michael Elgin to win the inaugural title. [1]
2 Katsuhiko Nakajima May 9, 2020 GHC National Championship: Sugiura vs. Nakajima Kawasaki, Japan 1 87 2 Officially held at the "Noah Special Arena", situated in an undisclosed location. [3]
3 Kenoh August 4, 2020 Noah Departure 2020 Tokyo, Japan 1 229 6 [4]
4 Kazuyuki Fujita March 21, 2021 Noah The Infinity 2021 Tokyo, Japan 1 39 0 [5]
5 Takashi Sugiura April 29, 2021 Noah The Glory 2021 Nagoya, Japan 2 182 2 [6]
6 Masaaki Mochizuki October 28, 2021 Go On The Demolition Stage 2021 Kumamoto, Japan 1 16 0 [7]
7 Kenoh November 13, 2021 Demolition Stage 2021 in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan 2 70 3 [8]
8 Masakatsu Funaki January 22, 2022 Higher Ground 2022 Osaka, Japan 1 171+ 4 [9]

Combined reigns

Inaugural and record tying two-time champion Takashi Sugiura.
Inaugural and record tying two-time champion Takashi Sugiura.
Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Takashi Sugiura 2 6 371
2 Kenoh 2 9 299
3 Masakatsu Funaki 1 4 171+
4 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 2 87
5 Kazuyuki Fujita 1 0 39
6 Masaaki Mochizuki 1 0 16

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 初代王者は杉浦 エルガン下しノア新設タイトル奪取. Nikkan Sports. 2019-11-03. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  2. ^ 【ノア】新ベルト「GHCナショナル王座」設立を発表 杉浦VSエルガンで初代王者決定. Tokyo Sports. 2019-10-03. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  3. ^ "NOAH TV Match ~ GHC National Championship". Wrestling-data.com. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  4. ^ "NOAH Departure 2020 - Day 1". Wrestling-data.com. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  5. ^ 2021年03月21日 日 NOAH THE INFINITY 2021. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). March 21, 2021. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  6. ^ 2021年04月29日 (木) NOAH the GLORY 2021. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). April 29, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  7. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "NOAH Go On The Demolition Stage 2021". cagematch.net. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  8. ^ 2021年11月13日 (土) WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents DEMOLITION STAGE 2021 in YOKOHAMA. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). November 13, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  9. ^ 2022年01月22日 (土) HIGHER GROUND 2022. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). January 22, 2022. Retrieved January 22, 2022.